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Hurray for the Festivities / 7 January 2014

"You are too single minded about this disability stuff. You have a life outside of it. You need to leave it at work and appreciate all those other things that you have".

This is a criticism I have to put up with from time to time. There is some truth in it. But, i'm not so bad as people make out. I can put my work away. I can distinguish between my work and my life. I see where they meet, interact, and where I can find peaceful seclusion. Its also an interesting question because it comes up in interviews from time to time. How do you relax, cope with pressure?

So the festivities started, the holidays came on and I relaxed. It was great. But a couple of things came up.

First thing; Phil Everly died. I thought the Everly's were great. There hits were stupendous. Songs like Claudette showed they could rock with the best of the early rockers. Dream showed off harmonies that would later inspire the Beatles. Sibling rivalry foretold tales to come from the Kinks and Oasis. But something was missing in the news. Did Phil experience depression? 

I looked and I looked. Seems it was Don. Don also developed a Ritalin addiction apparently. I remember all the early rockers who had an impairment. These get a mention in Yeah Yeah Yeah - The Story of Pop previously mentioned. According to Bob Stanley; Bill Haley wore a kiss curl to hide partial eyesight, Gene Vincent developed mobility issues following an accident and before becoming a rocker, Don Everly experienced depression. Bob names more. Disabled People invented rock n roll and pop music as we know it. I think we should celebrate.

On the last days of the hols I go to see 'Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom'. I wouldn't have bothered but someone wanted to see it so I went along and it was well worth the 2 hours 26 minutes you have to sit in the dark. It struck 'em that Mandela was first a man and then a participant in a struggle before becoming a leader in that struggle. It's a journey. It takes time. But the early call in the new year returned to freedom, to independence, to equality. We learned from others in our own struggle. It felt good to be reminded of this. 

So seasons greetings everyone. Enjoy the new year. Celebrate, learn and struggle.